How To Write A Popular Song - online manual

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CHAPTER VII. Hints and Don'ts.
Watch your competitors. Note their success or failure; analyze the cause and profit thereby.
Note public demand.
If you do not feel confident to write or compose a certain style of song, stick to the kind you are sure of, and gradu­ally, adapt yourself to the others, if possible, before public­ly presenting your work.
Avoid slang and vulgarism; they never succeed.
Avoid many-syllabled words and those containing hard consonants, wherever possible.
In writing lyrics be concise; get to your point quickly and when you arrive there make the point as strong as pos­sible.
Simplicity in melody is one of the great secrets of suc­cess.
Let your melody musically convey the character and sentiment of the lyrics.
Don't try and write your music with a fine pointed pen. Use either a stub or a three-pointed music pen.
Don't use blotting paper on your written composition; let the ink dry.
Use a good black ink for writing. You can buy regular Music Ink at any good stationer's.
Try and acquire a good hand for writing music. If you find you cannot accomplish this or acquire the knack with any degree of satisfaction, let some one do this who is com­petent.
A poorly written manuscript is always handicapped when presented to a publisher, artist or manager.
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